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Gvaryahu, G., Department of Animal Science, Faculty of Agriculture, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, P.O. Box 12 Rehovot, 76100, Israel
Ararat, E., Extension service, Ministry of Agriculture, Hadera, 38364, Israel
Asaf, E., Moshav Mishmar Hashiva 50297, Israel
Lev, M., Moshav Kfar Pines 37920, Israel
Weller, J.I., Institute of Animal Sciences, A.R.O., The Volcani Center, Bet Dagan, 50250, Israel
Robinzon, B., Department of Animal Science, Faculty of Agriculture, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, P.O. Box 12 Rehovot, 76100, Israel
Snapir, N., Department of Animal Science, Faculty of Agriculture, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, P.O. Box 12 Rehovot, 76100, Israel
The effect on aggressive pecking activity and mortality by an environmental enrichment device was examined. In this study, 2955 White Leghorn chickens from three different lines were used in six separate experiments. Experiments were conducted with chickens during their first or second laying period. Half the cages in each experiment were equipped with colored key rings or an enrichment object manufactured by Gallus Ltd. (Israel). Experimental and control groups of cages were distributed in an alternate serial order for each experiment which lasted for 3, 4, 5, 8, 9, and 10 months. The enrichment devices significantly reduced aggressive head-pecking behavior and significantly decreased the mortality rate from 1.06% per month among the controls to 0.57% among the experimental groups. © 1994.
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An enrichment object that reduces aggressiveness and mortality in caged laying hens
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Gvaryahu, G., Department of Animal Science, Faculty of Agriculture, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, P.O. Box 12 Rehovot, 76100, Israel
Ararat, E., Extension service, Ministry of Agriculture, Hadera, 38364, Israel
Asaf, E., Moshav Mishmar Hashiva 50297, Israel
Lev, M., Moshav Kfar Pines 37920, Israel
Weller, J.I., Institute of Animal Sciences, A.R.O., The Volcani Center, Bet Dagan, 50250, Israel
Robinzon, B., Department of Animal Science, Faculty of Agriculture, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, P.O. Box 12 Rehovot, 76100, Israel
Snapir, N., Department of Animal Science, Faculty of Agriculture, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, P.O. Box 12 Rehovot, 76100, Israel
An enrichment object that reduces aggressiveness and mortality in caged laying hens
The effect on aggressive pecking activity and mortality by an environmental enrichment device was examined. In this study, 2955 White Leghorn chickens from three different lines were used in six separate experiments. Experiments were conducted with chickens during their first or second laying period. Half the cages in each experiment were equipped with colored key rings or an enrichment object manufactured by Gallus Ltd. (Israel). Experimental and control groups of cages were distributed in an alternate serial order for each experiment which lasted for 3, 4, 5, 8, 9, and 10 months. The enrichment devices significantly reduced aggressive head-pecking behavior and significantly decreased the mortality rate from 1.06% per month among the controls to 0.57% among the experimental groups. © 1994.
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